Julian Assange loses appeal to have United Kingdom arrest warrant dropped

Randolph Lopez
February 7, 2018

A British court has rejected a bid by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to have a warrant for his arrest dropped.

Assange's lawyers had argued before the court that since the Swedish case had been dropped, there was no longer any justification for the warrant against him.

Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot is due to give her ruling on Tuesday, although either side can appeal against the decision.

FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017.

The 46-year-old Australian, who gained prominence during the 2016 USA presidential election after Wikileaks published thousands of emails belonging to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, faced sexual assault allegations from two women in Sweden, which he has denied.

Months later Swedish authorities sought to question him about an allegation of rape which he denied.

The investigation and charges in Sweden were dropped past year, but Assange's British arrest warrant remains outstanding.

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Mr Assange believes he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves the embassy, for questioning about the activities of WikiLeaks.

He drew global attention in 2010 for leaking thousands of classified US military and diplomatic documents, which infuriated American officials.

The British authorities still holds Assange responsible and believes he remains in breach of his bail conditions, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

MPS Kensington and Chelsea tweeted: "Police attended the Ecuadorian Embassy in SW1 following reports of a small suspicious package.

Therefore the warrant stands", Watkins said, calling Assange's situation "extremely simple".

Swedish prosecutors dropped the case previous year, saying all possible leads had been "exhausted".

But even if Assange wins, he might decide to remain in the embassy because of fears over a possible secret USA indictment against him.

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